Bushcraft encompasses all of the knowledge and skills associated with long term engagement with nature in the field. Skills such as scouting, patrolling, hunting, trapping, navigating, crafting, using animal resources and more. These subjects are covered within our curriculum under the heading ‘bushcraft’. Effectively anything that extends beyond the provision of essential survival needs or that builds on the basic survival priorities is bushcraft.

Cross-country Navigation Course

What is it?

Navigation is one of our core bushcraft subjects as it empowers individuals to get off well beaten tracks and blaze their own paths. We refer to it a the ‘Freedom’ course for just that reason. Most people are restricted to defined roads, tracks and paths. Going only where these exist and where they are permitted. Once you can navigate, you can go anywhere, safely and see places few ever find, that’s freedom.

This course teaches participants to map read and use a range of navigational devices and tools to equip them with the skills to navigate proficiently across country by both day and night. It enhances planning skills and builds individual self-confidence.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in or a need to understand cross-country navigation or orienteering by day and night. The course is geared to the novice but will assist experienced navigators to hone their skills further.

Course subjects include:

  • Compass use:
  • Compass types
  • Sighting a bearing
  • Use of back bearings
  • Map reading skills:
  • Maps explained
  • True north, magnetic north, grid north
  • Grid reference system
  • Magnetic variation
  • Use of protractors
  • Following a compass bearing
  • Pacing and distance checking
  • Preparing a navigation data sheet
  • Dead reckoning technique
  • Use of GPS devices
  • Using the resection technique to locate position
  • Natural direction indicators
  • Celestial navigation techniques
  • Practical navigation exercises – day and night

Course duration and cost:

  • 2 days – $440 includes GST

What else do I need to know?

IMG_3150-20rndThe course is delivered in a field camp setting. Tent accommodation is provided or you can bring your own. Basic field toilet facilities are available and you will be practicing camp craft as a component of the course. This means you will maintain a group cooking fire and cook your own food (provided). You will undertake a range of activities that will require you to navigate through bushland areas both in daylight and at night.

The course environment ensures a friendly, relaxed and supportive learning experience for students, that is fully risk managed but remains challenging. A good level of personal fitness is required prior to undertaking the course as cross country walking is involved. Sturdy enclosed footwear, long sleeve shirt and long pants are also recommended. A detailed recommended equipment to bring list will be provided prior to attending the course.

Cross-country Navigation Course dates:

For information on the dates of upcoming courses click here.

For more information contact us here


  1. Laurie Caldwell
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 19:11:30


    I am interested in the Cross Country Navigation course but could not find the dates on your website.

    If could please let me know that would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurie Caldwell
    0488 081 077


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:54:20

      Hi Laurie, sorry we only run the cross-country navigation course a couple of times each year these days as most Australian’s don’t seem to value its importance that much? We refer to is as the ‘Freedom’ course as it empowers people to get off the beaten track and truly blaze their own path in the wilderness. It’s a massive personal confidence building course as well as a team building experience. It compliments our other fundamental programs of survival and tracking perfectly. Best bet is to keep an eye on the website and the newsletter as we post new course dates regularly. Apologies in the interim.


  2. Anton Martin
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 01:18:02

    Hey Guys also interested in this course, please drop us a line when the next one comes up.


  3. marie
    Dec 20, 2014 @ 03:35:46

    Looking for short course for 13 yr old . Do you run one in Perth ? Also which shop best to go and view bush kits ?


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Feb 20, 2015 @ 10:47:23

      Hi Marie, we don’t operate in WA but can highly recommend our good friend Mr Bob Cooper for training in that part of Australia. For gear and equipment Dennis at Survival Supplies Australia is your best bet. Just let either/both of them know we referred you.

      Take care,

      The Team at Bush Lore


  4. George Kefford
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 19:42:05

    im interested in having a short basic survival coarse with you. I’m only 13 but I have a pretty good knowledge of the outdoors and I am fairly tough both physically and mentally.


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      May 08, 2015 @ 08:40:01

      Hi George, great to hear of your enthusiasm. You are welcome on any of our courses but you will have to convince a parent to come along with you as we don’t allow under 18’s to attend unaccompanied. Sorry about that.


  5. Anna
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 20:46:22

    Hello! can you recommend any similar courses in Victoria?


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Oct 09, 2015 @ 11:32:32

      Hi Anna, the only person we know of doing anything similar in Victoria is Mr Bob Cooper and you’d need to visit his website for details. Bob is a friend of ours and a very knowledgable instructor.


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